Reporter/Columnist | Vikings/NFL

A native of Northeast Ohio, Craig covered the Cleveland Browns from 1991 until they left for Baltimore in 1995. When they returned as an expansion team in 1999, Craig left to cover Gophers football for the Star Tribune. He co-authored two books on the Browns and is the author of the Vikings book "100 Things Vikings Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die."


Mark Craig's NFL picks: Which young QBs are Super Bowl-bound?

In the NFC, Jalen Hurts and Brock Purdy are seeking their first Super Bowl. In the AFC, Patrick Mahomes and Joe Burrow are looking to go back.


On the NFL: Defense sent Vikings out of playoffs; here's the top defensive minds still around

The remaining playoff teams show the urgency to find a defensive leader to not only establish a fresh, malleable scheme but also know which players he'll need to make it all work.


Mark Craig's NFL playoff picks: Zooming in on the quarterbacks

Josh Allen and Joe Burrow will officially play each other for the first time while Jalen Hurts and Daniel Jones have an unusual matchup of their own.


In defeat, Vikings learn again that mobile QBs are a must in the NFL

Mark Craig's On the NFL: Eight starting quarterbacks remain in the hunt for Super Bowl LVII. Half are second on their teams in rushing and the others are mobile, too.


Five extra points: Cousins gave fans (and critics) ammunition after loss

Sunday's loss had everything the many Kirk Cousins loyalists love about him — and an ending that gave his critics reason to continue doubting him.


NFL playoffs again put spotlight on QBs, from rookie ones to an ageless one

From Brock Purdy to Tom Brady, there's a wide range of QBs who can carry their teams to those who are complemented by them.


Mark Craig's NFL wild-card picks — and Super Bowl prediction

All six games this weekend feature teams that played each other at least once in the regular season. Which teams will flip the script? And who's winning the Super Bowl?


Five things about the playoffs: New coaches, takeaways, who's hot

The NFL playoff field has so much turnover from year to year, surprises are bound to abound. And does it matter if your team has been hot (or not) lately?


NFL Coach of the Year? O'Connell among dozen options in deep field

Ballots of the 50 voters who select the Associated Press' NFL All-Pro teams and other honors are due today. Star Tribune ootball writer (and voter) Mark Craig can make a case for lots of Coach of the Year candidates.


Up next for the Vikings: the Giants, again

Minnesota narrowly escaped with a 27-24 victory on Dec. 24. The team has reasons to be encouraged and discouraged about the upcoming playoff rematch.